Skip to comments.Cyclone may have killed more than 1,000 people, Mozambique president says
Posted on 03/18/2019 10:17:26 PM PDT by Simon Green
More than 1,000 people were feared dead in Mozambique four days after a cyclone slammed into the country, submerging entire villages and leaving bodies floating in the floodwaters, the nation's president said.
"It is a real disaster of great proportions," President Filipe Nyusi said.
Cyclone Idai could prove to be the deadliest storm in generations to hit the impoverished southeast African country of 30 million people.
It struck Beira, an Indian Ocean port city of a half-million people, late Thursday and then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi with strong winds and heavy rain. But it took days for the scope of the disaster to come into focus in Mozambique, which has a poor communication and transportation network and a corrupt and inefficient bureaucracy
Speaking on state Radio Mozambique, Nyusi said that while the official death toll stood at 84, "It appears that we can register more than 1,000 deaths."
Emergency officials cautioned that while they expect the death toll to rise significantly, they have no way of knowing if it will reach the president's estimate.
More than 215 people were killed by the storm in the three countries, including more than 80 in Zimbabwe's eastern Chimanimani region and more than 50 in Malawi, according to official figures. Hundreds more were reported injured and missing, and nearly 1,000 homes were destroyed in eastern Zimbabwe alone.
Doctors Without Borders said rivers have broken their banks leaving many houses fully submerged and around 11,000 households displaced in Nsanje, in southern Malawi.
U.N. agencies and the Red Cross helped rush emergency food and medicine by helicopter to the stricken countries.
Mount Chiluvo in central Mozambique was badly hit by flooding. One resident said he heard a loud noise, like an explosion, and suddenly saw a river of mud rolling toward his home.
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One resident said he heard a loud noise, like an explosion, and suddenly saw a river of mud rolling toward his home...
What a nightmare.
I don’t know who can be more violent at times. Humans or nature.
Obviously Boeing's fault.
Another example of climate change which is Trumps fault. Also it’s a racist cyclone which is also,you guessed it, Trumps fault.
I really hate climate change. It recently caused 15 foot snow drifts in North Dakota, and will keep the ski season going to the 4th of July, in many US ski areas. What a horrible thing, skiing ⛷ till July. The utter audacity. 😁 Oh yes, the racist cyclone, was totally Trumps fault, too. Do I need a sarcasm tag? 😆
“I dont know who can be more violent at times. Humans or nature.”
Humans! Our violence is deliberate.
i wonder how many political rivals perished ...
It's also his fault because he emboldened the cyclones with his "****hole country" comment, you know he said it, because some Demagogic Party politician said so.
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